If you've recently added an intelligent and playful Great Pyrenees to your family, you may be excited about giving a home to this gentle giant. Allowing this large breed adequate room (and time) to run outside is crucial to his or her physical and mental health. However, failure to install an adequate fence could allow your Pyr to escape and begin roaming the neighborhood, potentially triggering a call to your local animal control agency or even placing other animals in danger. What should you do to keep your Pyr contained and safe after it has become accustomed to your home? Read on to learn more about the best and most secure fencing options.
What requirements should you keep in mind when selecting a fence for your new pet?
Great Pyrenees have been carefully bred over thousands of years to serve as guardians and protectors of their families. This includes wandering the edges of the property to ensure no intruders have made their way through. This trait is great in rural areas, but less ideal in suburbs, subdivisions, and more urban areas without as much free space to roam. Great Pyrenees are also tremendous escape artists, and their large bodies can squeeze through some surprisingly tight spaces.
In an effort to track down strange noises, smells, and other intrusions, your Pyr may be tempted to leave your property and roam free in the neighborhood until any potential threats have been identified and eradicated. As a result, it's important both to have a fence that is adequate in height and sturdiness to contain your large (or soon-to-be large) dog as well as solid enough to prevent any wild animals or neighborhood pets from getting into your yard without permission.
Your Pyr will be able to jump significantly higher than most smaller dogs, clearing even shoulder-height fences without much difficulty. These dogs are also great diggers, so you may want to consider extending your fence a foot or two below ground to prevent your Pyr from being able to tunnel beneath it quickly. Taking these simple steps can ensure your Pyr won't escape even if left unattended in your yard for a period of time.
What fencing materials will stand the test of time while containing your Pyr?
Although the prospect of installing a brand-new fence that's six feet tall or higher may sound prohibitively expensive, you don't need the most expensive materials or designs. Your Pyr can be happy in a lengthy run made of chain link fencing, for example.
If your neighborhood's homeowners association (HOA) doesn't have any specific rules prohibiting chain link fencing, you may also want to enclose your yard with a tall chain link fence. This fence won't restrict airflow or cause your Pyr to become overheated in the summer, but should be sufficient in sturdiness to resist any efforts to climb it or jump it to explore the neighborhood.
Another option is a solid stockade-style fence made from treated lumber. This fence type can be effective at keeping all but airborne intruders out, and should be impossible for your Pyr to climb without outside assistance. Although this fence will prevent your Pyr from being able to see outside the borders of your lawn, this can sometimes be a good thing; fewer outside distractions can mean fewer pets and pests to antagonize your gentle giant.
These are just a few tips and suggestions for keeping your Great Pyrenees safe and happy on your property. To learn more about your fencing options, you can always contact fence contractors like All Counties Fence and Supply before making your final decision.